The Compass Church is associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of some 1,300 autonomous churches, united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God.
The term "Evangelical" refers to our theology. Specifically, our commitment to the proclamation of the good news in the Gospels, and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant in the original writings and the only safe and sufficient guide to faith and practice.
The term "Free" refers to our form of congregational church government. We are an interdependent denomination, united in our overall mission, while allowing each local church to determine its own organizational structure. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in the decisions and directions of the church. (And yes, we do still take a weekly offering, in case you wondered. But that's for those who call The Compass Church home.)
The mission of The Compass Church is to compel people to embrace the call of Jesus, “Come follow me.” Our vision To become an epicenter of life transformation that is spreading the hope of the gospel here, near and far through the multiplication of multi-site campuses. We pull our mission & vision from Matthew 4:19 found in the bible.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. Response and Eternal
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
To read our Constitution & Bylaws, ask for a copy at the Hobson church office.
Baptism is for those who have personally accepted Jesus as their Savior. At The Compass, we baptize children, young people and adults who acknowledge their faith in Christ and can share their testimony with us.
Believers are baptized because Jesus was and He asked us to follow His example in all things.
"When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too" (Luke 3:21).
At The Compass Church, we do baptisms twice a year. The first step in being baptized is to attend one of our baptism classes. Email Jennifer Sonnenschein for more information.
The word "baptism" literally means to be immersed. Therefore, when Jesus was baptized He was put completely under the surface of the water from head to toe. So we do the same!
Going down into the water symbolizes us being dead in our sins. Think of it as a picture of Jesus being placed in the tomb after being sacrificed for our sins. Being brought back up from the water is a symbol of believers being made new in Christ - just as Christ was raised from the dead.
Romans 6:4 tells us, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
We believe baptism is for believers following your personal decision to receive Jesus as your Savior.
"Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day" (Acts 2:41).
This verse teaches that you must accept the message of Jesus Christ first and then be baptized. Baptism does not make one a Christian, only faith in Christ can do that. Therefore, only believers should be baptized.
Sometimes people are baptized without a basic understanding of this truth. Others are baptized as result of their parents' choice and not their own, while some are baptized believing that this act will produce salvation.
In instances like these one should consider being baptized again with full knowledge of what the Bible teaches.
The Compass Church welcomes those who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior to join our church family.
Anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, who is in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the Evangelical Free Church of America, and whose character and conduct are consistent with this profession can become a member of The Compass.
(Please note: Children whose parents are members do not automatically become members, but must make a separate application.)
To read the Ten-Point Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America, click here.
Download The Compass Church Membership Application click here.
Members are urged to grow in their walk with Jesus Christ and to abide by the following covenant:
Download The Compass Church Membership Application click here.
For Membership questions or more information, contact:
Jennifer Campbell – Guest Services Administrator
The Compass Church believes the Bible instructs us to select godly men from the congregation to lead the church, called Elders. The Pastoral and Directoral staff oversee all of the day-to-day ministries of the church, while the Elders act as an elected group designed to guide the vision and values of the church — to keep the church focused forward on its mission and vision.
The elders can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.